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Maintenance of dominance is mediated by urinary chemical signals in male European lobsters, Homarus gammarus

Skog, M.; Chandrapavan, A.; Hallberg, E.; Breithaupt, T.

Authors

M. Skog

A. Chandrapavan

E. Hallberg



Abstract

We studied the relevance of urine cues in Homarus gammarus dominance maintenance, hypothesising that urinary signals are necessary to mediate recognition of former opponents. Males in size-matched pairs interacted on two consecutive days with or without blocking urine release by adding catheters to both contestants on the second day. European lobsters established dominance in a first fight, and fight duration and aggression levels decreased strongly from first to second day in animals with free urine release, indicating the maintenance of this dominance relationship. If urine was blocked on the second day, fight durations were long in both first and second day interactions. Results demonstrate that urine signals contribute to the maintenance of dominance in H. gammarus males.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 27, 2009
Journal MARINE AND FRESHWATER BEHAVIOUR AND PHYSIOLOGY
Print ISSN 1023-6244
Electronic ISSN 1029-0362
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 2
Pages 119-133
APA6 Citation Skog, M., Chandrapavan, A., Hallberg, E., & Breithaupt, T. (2009). Maintenance of dominance is mediated by urinary chemical signals in male European lobsters, Homarus gammarus. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology, 42(2), 119-133. doi:10.1080/10236240902833729
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10236240902833729
Keywords Aquatic Science; Physiology; Oceanography
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